Robin Esrock’s Top 5 Adelaide Bucket List


Adelaide may not be on the top of everyone’s bucket list but according to our travelling partner Robin Esrock, who is currently writing The Great Australian Bucket List there are many reasons why this not so sleepy city is a destination to be enjoyed.

1. Monarto Lion 360

In the 1960’s, a great white shark attack survivor named Rodney Fox visited the lion enclosure at Adelaide Zoo, and was inspired to pioneer a shark cage to safely observe sharks in their natural habitat.  Coming full circle, Zoo SA was inspired by Rodney’s shark cage diving to create the world’s first lion cage experience, located inside the Monarto Zoo outside of Adelaide.  With a strong focus on conservation, lions draw in with the promise of daily snacks, surrounding visitors very grateful to be inside a large, caged enclosure. 


2. Off Piste 4WD Coastal Safari Day Trip

The Fleurieu Peninsula wine region of South Australia might not be as well-known as the nearby Barossa, but a day trip with Off Piste 4WD tours will definitely change that.  Picked up at the Oaks by your affable local guide Ben, picnic in a beautiful national park, visit top-notch boutique wineries, feast outdoors on delicious farm to table ingredients, and utilize Ben’s notable 4WD skills to go off-road.  Finish the day with a bucket list drive on the stunning Silver Sands Beach. 


3. Cleland Wildlife Park

Over 130 species of Australian wildlife are located just twenty minutes from downtown Adelaide, with the opportunity to meet kangaroos, wallabies, emu, wombats, birdlife and reptiles too. International visitors and families in particular will enjoy seeing animals in beautiful native bushland.  Cleland is also one of the few places in the country where you can hold a friendly koala bear.

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4. Adelaide Central Market Tour

It’s known as the best food market in the country, a one-stop destination to sample and procure the freshest South Australian cuisine.  Although the Adelaide Central Market is not so big as to be unmanageable, a friendly and knowledgeable local guide quickly leads you to its many highlights, with opportunities to taste world-class cheeses, ice-cream, produce, seafood, meats, and best of all, local indigenous bush tukka.  Bring a bag to stock up on treats. 



5. Adelaide Fringe Festival

The Adelaide Fringe Festival is the world’s second biggest arts festival. Between February and March, the city’s parks, theatres, restaurants, and streets turn into performance venues, attracting tens of thousands of visitors and artists from around the world. Catch a show in one of the dozens of stages located in Rundle Park’s Garden of Unearthly Delights, a festival area of tents, food trucks, beer gardens, theme park amusements and pop-up performances.   The Fringe kicks off the city’s festival season, known as Mad March, which includes the Adelaide 500, WOMAdelaide, and the Adelaide Cup.


Renowned travel writer, TV host and bestselling author Robin Esrock is the author of the upcoming books - The Great Australian Bucket List, and Esrocking Australia with the Kids.  Follow him @robinesrock, @Ausbucketlist or